Chasing the Christmas spirit~

Europe loves its Christmas Markets, the festive mood, the warm drinks cuddled by cold hands, the delicious smells of roasted almonds and the magical lights that chase away the darkness of winter. From the first advent till the winter solstice, people try to spend as much time as possible out in the markets calling on hope, warmth and light to comfort them through the long hard winters.

In the last 2 weeks I went with my camera and some fellow photographers chasing the Christmas spirit from Valkenburg in the Netherlands to Duesseldorf and then today to magical Cologne.

The magic of shadows~

When you do a lot of street photography you find yourself constantly chasing shadows, becoming an expert on light, time of day, season and brightness analysis until sometimes you just gasp and jump in the middle of a conversation because you saw a shadow worth capturing. Sometimes it even borders on stalking 😊.

Day 93 of 365~

Image taken in the courtyard of ‘hotel de villé in Paris.

Carnival~ Karneval~ Fasching~ Mardi Gras

It all began and is rooted in the Carnevalle of Venice with its masked balls and elaborate costumes, now these festivities are observed religiously in different parts of Germany, Switzerland, France, New Orleans, and other places. A day to dress up and scare away the devil, one would hope.

Preparations began on 11/11 at 11:11 am and the are about to culminate with this weekend’s parades and Rose Monday’s big event.

I do hope the political satire floats of Duesseldorf’s Monday parade will scare off a certain orange headed imposter sitting in the White House.

Day 38 of 365~

Image is of my daughter’s carnival costume for school tomorrow.

A brief look at Brussels~ 

One of the perks of Living in Europe is the proximity of major cities and the ease of traveling  around the culturally rich continent. Breakfast in xanten, Germany and lunch in Brussels, Belgium is a stress free affair! 

Our family is looking forward to moving to Germany this coming summer after 11 years in Shanghai, China. I am interested in how the move will color my photography and art.